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It’s almost time for the annual plant sale, sponsored by the Pickens Technical College Horticulture program. Every year, Urban Horticulture and Landscaping students cultivate and nurture all the plants you’ll need to build the ultimate garden each spring and summer. This year, the two-day event will be held May 9th through the 10th, 2019, open from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day at the PTC campus in Aurora. The great spring plant sale has everything you need for your garden and planters, including friendly advice from both Horticulture teachers and students.

The Urban Horticulture and Landscape Program prepares students for entry-level employment in four specialties within the field: interior and nursery landscaping, greenhouse operations and design, and landscaping. Students learn about the materials they’ll be using on the job, the operations of professionals in this field, and successful business practices. Their instructors are experienced both in teaching and in the horticulture and landscaping field. As with all PTC instructors, their primary goal is to prepare students for work in the industry and future success.

Urban Horticulture students from PTC have gone on to do great things and have successful careers. One example is Veronika Tucker, who, after receiving her Landscape Management certificate from PTC, went on to work for a Denver-area landscaping firm. “This program offers so much hands-on training which helps the transition from school to the workplace”, said Tucker, as a part of an interview with the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado.

The Horticulture program at Pickens has produced many successful landscapers in the Denver area over the years, and they’re excited to share their knowledge and plants with you. Proceeds go back to the school and the Horticulture program to support hands-on training in the community and the connections that students can use to find employment when they graduate from the program. Not only will you get the finest plants and gardening supplies from the Horticulture Plant Sale, along with the knowledge you’ll need to plant and care for them properly if you need it, but you’ll also be supporting a program that puts aspiring landscaping professionals in great jobs throughout the community. Pickens fosters relationships with local employers to send them highly-trained and well-educated employees looking to start or shift their careers.

Be sure to get to the plant sale early if you can; these beautiful, elegant, and hardy plants go quickly every year as an amateur and professional gardeners flock to this event to see what the Horticulture students at PTC have to offer them. Get them at affordable prices in time to build your own garden and landscaping space at your home this spring and summer.